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Cygnet Hospital Bierley appoint Head of Psychology

Cygnet Hospital Bierley are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Kelly Elsegood to the role of Head of Psychology. This is a new role, created to strengthen the psychology provision across the hospital and to provide robust leadership of psychological services and the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme.
Dr Kelly Elsegood
Dr Kelly Elsegood

Kelly is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive-Analytic Therapy Practitioner and Dialectical Behaviour Therapist. She has also completed her advanced post-graduate training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and in 2012 she was awarded the “Prize for Excellence in CBT” from New Zealand’s University of Otago.

Kelly gained a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Newcastle and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Her doctoral research undertook to investigate social cognition in men who have sexually offended against children and this research was published in “Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment”.

“After five years of working overseas, I’m happy to be back where I belong in Yorkshire – the people, humour, and real pubs more than make up for the weather and traffic! I am looking forward to strengthening the provision of psychological care for our service-users and building a robust programme of evidence-based interventions across all four wards at Cygnet Hospital Bierley.”Dr Kelly Elsegood

Since qualifying, Kelly has worked across a range of clinical settings including young people’s mental health services, adult mental health services and addiction services in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She has been working overseas and joins Cygnet Hospital Bierley having relocated from Melbourne, Australia, where most recently she was part of an innovative service developing psychological services for patients with cancer, specifically hard-to-engage men with prostate cancer. She has also previously spent 2 years working within a comprehensive DBT service in New Zealand.

Kelly has extensive training and experience in delivering evidence-based psychological therapies. She has experience of achieving positive clinical outcomes with people presenting with severe and complex mental health problems and has presented these at international conferences. She is passionate about evaluating outcomes and using psychological formulation to inform a person’s care.

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